Original title: US space agency chose 9 companies to apply for lunar freight services
Xinhua News Agency, Washington, November 29 (Reporter Zhou Zhou) NASA announced on 29th that it chose nine US companies to bid for the lunar surface service of the agency's freight service, most of which are new companies. This will be a future exploration of US astronauts on the moon and even on Mars.
The project, called the "Monthly Load for Business", will provide a total of $ 2.6 billion in contracts over the next 10 years. Selected companies will compete for many services, including load and operation integration, cargo and lunar landings. NASA hopes to launch a mission to ship moon science on the surface of the moon the following year.
NASA's director Jim Bradenstein said this is "the tangible progress of the US to return to the moon's surface and stay on the moon." The Business Lunar Load project will first send relatively small, cheap cargo to the moon, and then perform more traditional tasks for sending medium to large loads to the moon.
Among the nine selected companies, the only known is the US arms giant Lockheed Martin, and other companies include Draper, Deep Space Systems, Aerospace Robotics, Firefly Space, Intuitive Machines, Masten Space Systems and Moon Transport and off the track.
Bridenstin said most companies involved in the bidding did not undertake complex space missions on this scale, but for these companies, participation in this project is similar to risky, high-risk, but high-yielding.
The two largest commercial space companies in the United States, Space Research and Blue Origin technologies did not enter the list of bidders. NASA said it would periodically re-examine to allow more companies to participate in the "commercial use of the moon".
In September this year, NASA announced it plans to land on the moon again before 2030. To this end, the US space agency plans to launch and compile the platform for the lunar orbit of the "deep spacecraft" in stages, as a "landing station" for landing.